India Vs England 5th Test: Jonny Bairstow Fully Fit For Wicket-Keeping
Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket in an unaltered England side for the 5th Test against India at The Oval.
Having taken an unassailable 3-1 lead, England have officially won the series, as Moeen Ali starred in the 4th test which was held in Southampton.
Bairstow broke a finger in the third Test, however played as a batsman in the 4th and Jos Buttler replaced him behind the wicket.
The damage endured by Bairstow touched off the discussion over who should keep wicket for England after Buttler, who came back to the Test side towards the start of the summer.
Bairstow’s batting record is prevalent when he keeps, while Buttler has performed better as a batsman without the gloves.
Spot on! Geoffrey was bang on in the last Test with his assessment of Jonny.
Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler is the middle order powerhouse. Get an opener from the county game to bat 3, play Moeen instead of Rashid and the team starts to look better balanced. #ENGvIND
— Dave⭐️⭐️ (@dj_zotov) September 6, 2018
Notwithstanding, the greater part of Bairstow’s Test hundreds have come in the principal innings of the match, before keeping wicket. Meanwhile, Buttler’s maiden ton in the 3rd Test in Nottingham came after he kept wicket instead of Bairstow.
Prior to the match in Southampton, Root would not be drawn on what might happen when Bairstow wound up fit to continue, saying there were “no assurances” being offered to the Yorkshire gloveman.
The last Test of the 5 match series, which starts Friday, will be opener Alastair Cook’s last test for England.
England’s Squad For The 5th Test:
- Root (Capt.)
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